University at Albany

Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 2007 for Excellence in Research.

David WillsDavid WillsLanguages, Literatures & Cultures

David Wills, Ph.D., is a professor of French Studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and holds a joint appointment in the Department of English. Wills is internationally known for his scholarly work in the humanities, especially for his work on deconstruction. His 1995 book, Prosthesis, has been translated into French, Serbo-Croatian and (in part) German. One eminent scholar described the book as being, "simultaneously an original piece of philosophical theory on the concept and history of the prosthesis, and a fascinating, autobiographical fiction of exceptional vigor and literary quality." Wills conceives of deconstruction as an interdisciplinary practice. His research engages the visual arts, particularly film and architecture, as well as philosophy and literature. The question of technology and its relationship to contemporary experience is a recurrent theme in his writing, and one that inspired the interdisciplinary "Book Ends" conference he organized at UAlbany in Spring 2000. Wills has published 54 articles in the U.S., France, England, Australia, Japan, and Germany. He has also been invited to lecture on numerous occasions at some of the world's most prestigious institutions.

Excellence in Research

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